ORIGINAL SOUVENIR PIECE OF THE C.S.S. VIRGINIA, aka THE MERRIMAC

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Item Code: 1054-2306

This is a fantastic relic of one of the most famous naval battles in history. This small souvenir was made from a piece of the armor plate that was taken off of the Confederate ironclad ship Virginia, that was better known as the Merrimac.  The battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac was fought in March 1862. When the Confederate shipyards at Norfolk were evacuated by the Southerners, they destroyed the famous Merrimac. After the war was over the armor plate off of the ship was removed and purchased by the Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works in Richmond. They made many commemorative items out of the iron since they would bring more than what just the iron would in those days. This was made into the shape of a horse shoe and on the front side it reads, “MERRIMAC 1862”. On the reverse is “RICHMOND NAIL & I. & N. WO. CO.”  It is still with the original factory card, which has a small envelope attached on the front in which to store the horse shoe. Card has a small horizontal extending inward from the upper left edge of the card for approx. 1 ¼”. Information regarding the Virginia is printed on the reverse.  [ld]

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